A bouncer has been locked up for two years for faking a door licence using a doctored passport.
Jack Clegg Walsh, 29, ran away from inspectors carrying out routine checks for the Security Industry Authority (SIA) while working at the Running Horses Pub in St Helens .
Clegg Walsh, of Cherry Tree Lane in Aughton , pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one of working as an unlicensed door supervisor at Liverpool Crown Court.
The court heard Clegg Walsh had been refused an SIA licence, a legal requirement of working on the doors, due to his criminal record.
Nevertheless he applied to work for security firm Elite Security (NW) Ltd under the name of a relative, Jack James Walsh.
Clegg Walsh provided an SIA licence number and an altered passport in the name of his relative, while also providing a photograph of the unwitting Jack James Walsh.
The scam came to light after investigators tracked Clegg Walsh down after he fled in November last year.
The judge, Recorder Jeremy Lasker, passing sentence, said: “This was a carefully thought-out fraud; sophisticated in the sense that you put a good deal of spadework into finding a donor identity and altering a relative’s licence and documents you were to use.
“There has been, as a result, some financial loss… but the real concern here is public safety and the fact that through dishonest means, you took up regulated employment when you knew you would not be regarded as fit and proper to do so.”
SIA investigators consulted the National Document Fraud Unit, who confirmed the documents had been falsified.
Pete Easterbrook, SIA Criminal Investigations Manager, said: “Jack Walsh intentionally misled his employers and broke the law by working without a licence. His behaviour also constitutes fraud and he is now having to face the serious consequences of his actions.
“This case should serve as a reminder to the industry that the SIA will deal robustly with those who disregard the safeguards that regulation provides, and pursue any type of offending which affects our industry.”
Source – Liverpool Echo